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25 Years of Engineering Solutions:
The 13th International
Performance-Based Codes and Fire Safety
Design Methods Conference & Expo

Abstract Submission Deadline: August 23, 2019
Conference Dates: 11-13 March 2020
Location: Auckland, New Zealand

The application of fire safety engineering to develop innovative and robust fire and life safety solutions for the built environment has expanded considerably over the past 25 years. In many countries, this has been facilitated by the implementation of performance based building and fire codes. The focus on performance has enabled fire protection engineers to more actively participate in the creative design process and work collaboratively with architects and other engineers to achieve the functionality, aesthetics, and cost effective construction solutions sought by developers and owners, along with meeting the fire and life safety objectives of the regulations.

However, in some jurisdictions, performance based codes and fire engineering design methods are being challenged by some as not delivering adequate levels of safety, or are being undertaken by practitioners not having the required competency.

At another level, some countries are still deciding whether to adopt performance based building codes and standards, or continue with prescriptive requirements, as they grapple with professional standards, access to fire protection engineering education, and how best to develop the regulatory and approval systems necessary for sound fire safety solutions.

In either case, it is timely to ask what the future holds for performance-based codes and design methods, and how the building regulatory system and the fire safety engineering profession need to evolve to allay concerns and meet future needs. This is especially important as new construction materials, new technologies, and new societal issues and objectives emerge.

This 13th International Conference on Performance Based Codes and Fire Safety Design Methods to be held in Auckland, New Zealand will provide an excellent global opportunity to address current and future trends in building and fire regulatory systems, the contribution of fire protection engineers to innovative design solutions, and the latest developments in fire modeling, risk assessment and analysis in support of those solutions and their approvals.

The conference will also provide a forum for discussion of the issues of fire protection engineering education, professional competence, product certification and inspection, fire safety maintenance and management, verification methods and all the regulatory and administrative provisions needed to ensure that effective fire safety outcomes result from performance based design solutions.

For this important SFPE International Conference, abstracts are being sought on where the practice of fire safety engineering is today, what new or disruptive technologies or issues will influence the future, and what the future holds for performance based codes and fire safety design methods in addressing current and emerging needs. Representative topics include:

  • How fire and life safety performance should be measured and verified.
  • The measures by which fire safety engineers are deemed competent and qualified to undertake innovative / performance based fire safety engineering design.
  • How to develop creative yet robust fire safety strategies for buildings and infrastructure while meeting all regulatory and design objectives.
  • Big data, smart systems and dynamic technologies as a disruptive and innovative drivers for fire protection engineering design.
  • Tall buildings and evacuation strategies – defend in place, evacuate, use of lifts.
  • Building cladding/facades – the issues of combustibility, fire spread other mitigating options of CLT/LVL and new materials for innovative buildings.
  • Disruptive technologies, including BIM, dynamic systems, CLT/LVL, modular construction, new materials.
  • Fire safety considerations for emerging hazards (electric parking garages, battery storage, solar panels, etc)
  • Evaluating design through the comparison of sustainability, cost, and risk.
  • Fire safety design solutions for persons of all abilities
  • Ventilation-limited design fires.
  • Determination of acceptable risk.
  • How to establish safety of design solutions – verification methods, QRA, other means.
  • Regulatory and administrative frameworks to support sustainability and resiliency objectives.
  • When and where prescriptive codes and design solutions are the most appropriate approaches.

This conference will be a significant benefit to engineers, designers, regulators, enforcers, insurers, developers, and building owners and managers who have some role in the use or approval of innovative engineering solutions to meet the breadth of regulatory and client needs within the built environment. Participation in this conference will come from entities seeking innovative solutions, professionals involved in the creative process of engineering design solutions, those who are developing fire engineering design methods, professionals involved in translating research into current fire engineering practice, those involved in on-going management of buildings and infrastructure, and entities engaged in regulatory development and enforcement frameworks.

Contributions and conference attendance on a global basis, including from the Asia-Pacific region are encouraged.

Those wishing to be considered to present at the 13th International Conference on Performance-Based Codes and Fire Safety Design should submit an extended abstract (minimum four pages, maximum six pages, including figures and references) by August 23, 2019. The conference language is English.

Acceptance will be based on the completeness of the extended abstracts. Special Editors to Fire Technology, the official journal of the SFPE, will be invited to the conference and will select outstanding presentations to submit for a special edition of the journal.

The extended abstracts should identify the topic being addressed, the approach or methodology used in addressing the topic, and design implications or results and recommendations. Proper references and citations should be provided. All topics relevant to performance-based codes, the associated regulatory frameworks, performance-based design solutions, and the supporting analysis will be considered.

If accepted, the presentation slides will be due by January 19, 2020

Brian Ashe 
Robert Bigtas
Keith Calder
David Charters
Sam Dannaway
Christine Duncan
Yoshio Fukio
Patrick Van Hees
Martin Feeney, Co-Chair
Charles Fleichman
Debbie Scott
Peter Schut
Peter Senez, Co-Chair
IJsbrand J. van Straalen, Co-Chair
Joseph Vaughn

Please make sure to use this template when submitting your abstract. Submit Abstracts to: Maggie Mojab at no later than August 23, 2019.

Thank you for your interest and support!

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